In a recent appearance on Fox News, Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson reacted to the recent brutal deaths of two American journalists by Islamic State militants and the continued threat the terrorist network poses worldwide.
The Louisiana preacher used the Bible to make his point, citing a number of passages that describe the hold Satan has over the world and those who choose to reject God.
“The evil one works in those who are disobedient,” Robertson said, calling such individuals “prisoners of sin.”
He said the expanding terror group, also known as ISIS, typifies Solomon’s assertion that all who hate God love death.
“Why is it when we’re not even over there in the Middle East, why do they continue to slaughter each other,” he asked, insisting the reason is that the vicious terrorists at work in Iraq, Syria, and beyond are lovers of death.
Host Sean Hannity asked Robertson how he would deal with the growing danger ISIS presents.
“In this case,” he said, “you either have to convert them, which I think would be next to impossible … or kill them – one or the other.”
He described the terrorists as “street thugs on steroids,” explaining that America’s plan of attack must be different than when facing a legitimate state-sponsored military.
“It’s not like a country with a standing army and we line up and do battle with a certain amount of rules that they violate,” he said.
Dealing with ISIS, he cautioned, is “more like worldwide gang warfare; but this gang is well-armed and well-organized.”
Hannity noted that Robertson, who previously faced criticism for expressing his biblical views on marriage, would likely be pilloried for suggesting such an extreme approach to handling the terrorist organization.
Convert or be killed. Phil Robertson knows what’s up on this ISIS deal.
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“I’d rather have a Bible study with all of them and show them the error of their ways and point them to Jesus Christ,” he said, acknowledging that the U.S. must nevertheless be prepared to handle the threat with force.
“I would rather preach the gospel of Jesus to them,” he concluded, “however, if it’s a gun fight and a gun fight alone, if that’s what they’re looking for, me personally, I’m prepared for either one.”
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